U.S. v. GARRETT

Case No. 3:09-cr-146.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. RONALD GARRETT, Defendant.

United States District Court, S.D. Ohio, Western Division, Dayton.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Ronald Garrett, Petitioner, represented by Paul Montague Laufman , Laufman & Napolitano, LLC.

USA, Plaintiff, represented by Kenneth L. Parker , United States Attorney's Office, Laura I. Clemmens , United States Attorney's Office & Andrew Hunt , United States Attorney's Office.


ORDER WITHDRAWING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND VACATING STAY; SUBSTITUTED REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

MICHAEL R. MERZ, Magistrate Judge.

In Johnson v. United States, 135 S.Ct. 2551 (2015), the Supreme Court declared the residual clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act to be unconstitutionally vague. With the assistance of appointed counsel, Defendant Ronald Garrett filed this action under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, arguing Johnson applied to the analogous residual clause language in the Sentencing Guidelines under which he had received an enhanced sentence as a career offender (Motion, ECF No. 92).

Upon initial review, the Magistrate Judge recommended dismissal (Report, ECF No. 93). Defendant objected (ECF No. 95) and Judge Rose recommitted the case (ECF No. 97).

Noting the grant of certiorari in Beckles v. United States, ___ U.S. ___, 2016 WL 1029080 (2016), the United States moved, with the consent of Defendant, to stay these proceedings pending the Beckles decision (Motion, ECF No. 58). The Court followed the instruction of the Sixth Circuit in In re: Embry, 831 F.3d 377 (6th Cir. 2016), and stayed the case pending the outcome in Beckles (Decision and Order, ECF No. 109). The Supreme Court has now decided that case. Beckles v. United States, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 1572 (March 6, 2017). Accordingly, the stay of proceedings herein is VACATED.

Moreover, the Supreme Court decided Beckles in a way that is fatal to Mr. Garrett's claim by deciding that "the [Sentencing] Guidelines are not subject to a vagueness challenge under the Due Process Clause. The residual clause in §4B1.2(a)(2) therefore is not void for vagueness." Id. at *11.

Accordingly, the prior Report (ECF No. 93) is WITHDRAWN and it is respectfully recommended that Defendant's § 2255 Motion (ECF No. 95) be dismissed with prejudice for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted under 28 U.S.C. § 2255.

NOTICE REGARDING OBJECTIONS

Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b), any party may serve and file specific, written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations within fourteen days after being served with this Report and Recommendations. Such objections shall specify the portions of the Report objected to and shall be accompanied by a memorandum of law in support of the objections. If the Report and Recommendations are based in whole or in part upon matters occurring of record at an oral hearing, the objecting party shall promptly arrange for the transcription of the record, or such portions of it as all parties may agree upon or the Magistrate Judge deems sufficient, unless the assigned District Judge otherwise directs. A party may respond to another party's objections within fourteen days after being served with a copy thereof. Failure to make objections in accordance with this procedure may forfeit rights on appeal. See United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947, 949-50 (6th Cir. 1981); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 153-55 (1985).


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